The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

May 5, 2008

Milk, Juice, Eggs and… Patio Furniture?

Filed under: shopping — Brian Lutz @ 11:04 pm

These days, I’d have to guess that most people would not think it unusual to find groceries and furniture in the same store.  After all, there are three Fred Meyer stores within  five miles of here, as well as a Target with a decent sized grocery department and a Costco.  I suspect that regardless of where you might live in the USA, you probably wouldn’t have to go too far to find a Super Target, Wal-Mart Supercenter or another such store combining large grocery and dry goods selections under the same roof.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that even my neighborhood grocery store seems to be getting in on the action.

With a good five months until the next big candy selling holiday rolls around, the seasonal items section in the center of the store between a couple of aisles has been stocked with a selection of (very) assorted summer items, highlighted by this is this $400 set of patio furniture, offered at $100 off the “regular” price if you use your frequent shopper card (which is probably just about enough to cover the cost of that bottle of Veuve Clicquot they’ve got on the table.)  Call me crazy, but I get the sneaking suspicion that you might run into just a bit of trouble if you tried to run that thing through the self checkout line.  And if buying your patio furniture from the grocery store isn’t random enough for you…

…then why not go ahead and pick up a portable air conditioner while you’re at it? 

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